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  • Oklahoma Drought Conditions Show Slight Improvements from Last Week in Latest Monitor

  • OSU’s Amy Hagerman on Expiring Farm Bill, Possible Government Shutdown, and Impacts on Producers

  • Jarold Callahan says Angus Producers Have Earned Popularity for the Breed Through Hard Work

  • LMA Members Gather in Nation’s Capital for Annual D.C. Fly-In

  • Kim Anderson Talks Slow Decline in Wheat Prices and 2023 Wheat Plantings

  • Oklahoma Rancher Leads Charge to Beef Up the Blood Supply

  • OKFB Foundation for Agriculture awards 10 mini grants

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Oklahoma Drought Conditions Show Slight Improvements from Last Week in Latest Monitor

According to State Climatologist, Gary McManus, heavy rains across eastern Oklahoma yielded some good changes, but most of the southwestern half of the state was dealt a dry hand, and the same for north central Oklahoma. The area of extreme (D3) drought in southern Oklahoma continues to spread.

“Unfortunately, we’re not seeing big rains coming, but more of those convective type of storms that leave a lot of folks wanting,” McManus said. “We see increased odds of above normal precipitation, but ‘normal’ for this time of year is getting smaller and smaller.”

According to the latest Oklahoma drought monitor, exceptional drought remains at zero percent, unchanged from the past month.

Extreme drought or worse is unchanged from last week, remaining at 12.91 percent.

Severe drought or worse is now at 30.93 percent, improved from last week’s 34.6 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is now at 46.76 percent, improved from last week’s 48.72 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are now at 65.71 percent, improved from last week’s 71.55 percent.

To see this week's drought numbers for Oklahoma, click the map above the story.

Across our Region- there's very slight improvement in Drought Monitor numbers- Texas is seeing severe drought or worse drop to 59.6% this week versus 61.3% a week ago. That same level of drought- D2 (Severe Drought) is now at 45.5% in Kansas versus 47.04 a week ago and in Missouri- Moderate drought or worse (D1) is flat 54.8%- versus 54.6% a week ago. Louisiana remains in some of the worse conditions in the US- Severe drought or worse is at 97.2% versus 97.6% a week ago.

Click here to read a national drought summary and see this week's graphs and charts 
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OSU’s Amy Hagerman on Expiring Farm Bill, Possible Government Shutdown, and Impacts on Producers

Farm Director, KC Sheperd, is visiting with associate professor of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Amy Hagerman, about the possible government shutdown this weekend, program deadlines, Farm Bill, and more.

“When we reach the end of the fiscal year for the federal government, and that is September 30th, that Saturday, we need to have either a budget or some kind of continuing resolution to keep the government offices and functions open going forward into those future weeks,” Hagerman said.

This possible shutdown has different implications, Hagerman said, including for those in the agriculture industry.

“For us in agriculture, we are thinking about our USDA local offices and whether they will be open, whether we can do business with them during that time period, and October is a really important month,” Hagerman said.

Also, this weekend, on September 30th, the Farm Bill will expire. In the short term, if the Farm Bill does expire, Hagerman said not much will happen.

“We are in the middle of crop years, and we already have budget and programs that will continue through the end of this crop year,” Hagerman said. 

Click here to read more and listen to Amy Hagerman talk about government shutdown, Farm Bill, and more

Jarold Callahan says Angus Producers Have Earned Popularity for the Breed Through Hard Work

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am back talking with the President of Express Ranches, Jarold Callahan, about the success of the Angus breed and the potential of the seedstock industry.

Express Ranches has won the Roll of Victory Show Breeder of the Year Award for multiple years. In fact, Express Ranches has won this award for 12 consecutive years.

Callahan said the Angus breed plays a dominant role in the purebred scene, much of which is related to the success of Certified Angus Beef.

“Certified Angus Beef has added a lot of value to Angus-sired calves,” Callahan said. “There is no doubt about that. In the marketplace, when you are selling those weaned calves or selling those yearlings, or you are selling out of the feed yard, it has certainly added some value.”

The Angus breed has enjoyed popularity because of work on the maternal side, Callahan said, as well as the terminal side in terms of adding carcass characteristics.

The Angus breed’s place in the top of the market, Callahan said, has been earned through years of hard work.

Click here to read more and listen to Jarold Callahan talk about the Angus breed and the potential of the seedstock industry
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LMA Members Gather in Nation’s Capital for Annual D.C. Fly-In

More than 50 Livestock Marketing Association members and staff met with senators, U.S. representatives, congressional staffers and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials Sept. 18-19, during the association’s 17th D.C. Fly-In. The event offered an opportunity for livestock auction market owners to share their stories and connect with elected officials.

Throughout the visit, they advocated for Congress to pass bills to remove an antiquated prohibition and allow a livestock auction owner to own or invest in a small or medium packer.

Bracken Marburger, who operates Milano Livestock Exchange with his family in Milano, Texas, says current requirements are outdated.

“The Packers and Stockyards Act is well over 100 years old now,” he said. “And we just don’t do things the same way we did back in 1921.”

Bracken explained at that time, terminal stockyards received cattle from producers on railcars. Individuals acting as commission agents represented these cattle to packers. Today, livestock markets utilize a competitive auction method. Auction markets provide an open and public forum for producers to sell their animals to the highest bidder, allowing for competition and true price discovery. Many of the auctions are also streamed online. 

Click here to read more highlights from LMA's Annual D.C. Fly-In

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Kim Anderson Talks Slow Decline in Wheat Prices and 2023 Wheat Plantings

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the latest commodity prices and various factors impacting the markets.

Starting with wheat prices, Anderson said they have been slowly moving down over the last two or three weeks. Now, Anderson said wheat prices are at $6.40 to $6.45.

In southern Oklahoma, Anderson said wheat prices are around $6.15.

“We have seen wheat prices inching their way lower, and I am concerned that they have broken a support level, and they may go further down,” Anderson said.

About 18 percent of Oklahoma’s winter wheat crop is in the ground, Anderson said, and forward contracting prices in the state are ranging from $6.30 and $6.45.

Click here to listen to Kim Anderson talk about the grain markets and see the lineup for this week on SUNUP

Oklahoma Rancher Leads Charge to Beef Up the Blood Supply

For many years, the Oklahoma Beef Council has partnered with Our Blood Institute to reward anyone who donates blood before the Labor Day weekend. This year’s blood drive happened on August 31 and September 1. Over that two-day timeframe 1,236 people donated blood, saving 3,708 lives.

One of the donors was Erick Chandler, longtime member of a ranching family from Ninnekah, Oklahoma. In October 2019, Chandler needed blood after a horse accident caused severe damage to his femoral artery. On the medi-flight from the ranch to Oklahoma City, Chandler received 5 units of blood. If those units would not have been available, he would not have even made it to a hospital that could repair his injury. Over the course of his recovery, Chandler received 23 units of blood.

It ultimately took seven surgeries and one year for Chandler to fully recovered. As soon as he was cleared to do so, Chandler began donating blood through Our Blood Institute in Lawton. He has now donated more than 20 times.

Click here to read mor about Erick Chandler and Beef Up the Blood Supply

OKFB Foundation for Agriculture awards 10 mini grants

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded ten organizations around the state with grants through the foundation’s mini grant program. The $500 grants are awarded to county Farm Bureaus, 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and classroom teachers to fund projects that enhance agricultural literacy in Oklahoma.

The grants are awarded through an application process, in which interested groups, organizations and individuals list their educational project, goals and objectives.

The foundation’s mini grants are awarded in two cycles, with the first cycle grants issued in March and the second cycle issued in September.

For example- the Strother FFA Chapter is receiving a grant this fall for Bee Hotels while Holdenville 4-H is working on a sheep learning lab.

For more information on the foundation’s grant programs, visit the OKFB Foundation for Agriculture website.

Click here to see the 2023 OKFB Foundation for Agriculture mini grant recipients

More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Low Mississippi River Levels Drive up Grain Transportation Costs
Beef Quality Assurance with OSU’s Mark Johnson and Barry Whitworth
Collaborative U.S. Trade Service Conference Supports Regional Wheat Demand
CAB Insider: Carcass Weights Surge
Congresswoman Stephanie Bice- An Abandoned Southern Border – Worst in American History
Dairy Defined: All the Cool Kids (and Their Parents!) Are Eating Cottage Cheese
In Our Latest Ag Perspectives Podcast- Ron Hays Talks Dietary Guidelines with NCBA Dietician Dr. Shalene McNeill
Tree Seedling Sale Begins October 2
Decoding the Definitions of Adjusted Gross Income and Actively Engaged in Farming for Payment Eligibility Requirements
More Money- Think $3 Billion- Flowing into Climate-Smart Practices on Agricultural Lands Via Programs Like EQIP and CSP 
Pesticide Disposal Events Set for Walters, Buffalo and Dewey
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were mixed- Choice Beef was up 56 cents and Select Beef was down $1.07 on Thursday 09/28/2023.

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Weekly Cattle Auction Reports

The buttons below allow you to check out the weekly Cattle Auctions in the region that we post on our website and here in our daily email update.

Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 09/21/2023

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from September 25, 2023
Tulsa Stockyards on Monday September 25, 2023
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 09/25/2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cows and Bulls Sold Tuesday, September 26, 2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from Tuesday 09/26 and Wednesday 09/27/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 09/28/2023
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Click Here to Listen to Justin's Commentary From 09/28/2023
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
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Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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